A few years ago, I read a fascinating and somewhat controversial book called The Churching of America, by Roger Finke and Rodney Stark. In it the authors examined and brought to light the history of religion in America by arguing it works as a free market economy, an economy in which there are winners and losers. The authors were not pastors or theologians, but professors of sociology and they tackled the issue as sociologists. They do not speak much about orthodoxy or heterodoxy or faithful confessions but use the language of economics.
Yes, I know. Some of you are wagging your heads. Not my dog! Oh, I have heard it before. 10 years ago, I was running with my young sons riding bikes next to me through a quiet, polite sort of neighborhood. Suddenly, the largest dog I have ever seen came running out of the house like a missile toward me, knocking me over and biting me on the arse. As I sternly backed the monster down, I saw the backs of my boys already a quarter mile down the road pedaling like mad.
Another masterpiece for your listening pleasure. The Preacher Men take on the issues of thrill seeking, infant baptism, […]
Unsure and afraid, nothing had been constant in her life. It was just a matter of getting through the day without having any great expectations. Long ago, during her pigtail years, her father promised to come and take her to the zoo. After hours of watching for his scratched and beaten blue Honda out of the front window, her young hopes were bruised.
Parnell Crump was the name of my barber when I lived in Georgia at the beginning of my […]
We all long for Eden. Sometimes we try to get back into the Garden (however that is conceived) […]